How to delete apps (Android)
How to delete apps (Android)
An infinite number of apps can be discovered and tried out for smartphones and tablets. It can happen that some applications accumulate on the device over time. However, not every app is used regularly or even turns out to be superfluous. Tidying up is the order of the day, but how do you get rid of unneeded apps? Here are a few practical tips to free up more space on your smartphone and tablet.
Uninstalling apps isn’t difficult if you know how to do it. Here are different ways to get rid of apps on Android:
One way to get rid of apps is to delete them from the menu. To do this, the menu is opened which shows all installed apps. It provides a good overview and you can quickly find one or the other app that is no longer needed. To remove an app, a long tap on the app and then holding down the app is necessary. The start screen of the device appears and a trash can symbol or the “Uninstall” button appears at the top of the screen.
The app still held with the finger must now be pushed into the trash can or onto the “Uninstall” label. The uninstallation is then confirmed and the app is deleted.
It is important not to confuse uninstalling an app from the menu with removing an app from the start screen. If there is an app on the start screen that appears after unlocking the device, you can also select and hold apps here. “Remove” appears. If you drag the selected app to “Remove”, it will only be removed from the start screen, not from the device. The app is only completely deleted when it is uninstalled, which must then be confirmed.
Android offers various overviews of installed apps. On the one hand there is the start menu, which appears as soon as the device is unlocked. This menu can be filled individually with apps and can always be reached using the home button or a house symbol. Apps from the start menu can only be removed from this menu area; an uninstallation does not work. On the other hand, there is the app menu. It can be reached via a menu symbol, usually represented by three lines one below the other or points in a rectangle. Apps can be moved from this menu to the start menu or uninstalled from the device.
Another option for deleting an app is the “Play Store” app. In the open Play Store there are three bars on the left that open the menu. The menu item “My apps and games” takes you to a list of all installed apps. If an app is selected, more detailed information about the app opens with fields for updating and uninstalling. To delete the app, select Uninstall here and confirm the uninstallation. The app is then removed from the device.
The third way to delete an app is through the settings. To do this, open the device settings via the menu, select the menu item “Apps” or “Applications” and you will receive a list of all installed apps. If you tap on an app, the app info opens with an “Uninstall” field; if you select this field and confirm, the app will be deleted.
Unfortunately, with the three methods described, residues of data from the apps remain on the device. If you want to make sure that all information in an app is deleted and not just the app, there are steps in addition to the settings. For more information, see the article Note on deleting apps .
To delete apps on Apple devices, hold them down too until all the apps on the screen start shaking. An “X” appears on the left of every app. If you press it on the app to be deleted, it will be removed from the device.
Not all apps can be uninstalled as they may be responsible for the functionality of the system or they fulfill standard functions. Depending on the device manufacturer, the names in the menu and the appearance of icons can differ, but the principle remains the same for Android.